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Need to Binge-Watch? These 15 Shows Have Seattle Connections

From alternate futures to first responders to Mr. Crane himself.

By Seattle Met Staff

The Netflix hit Bridgerton has local beginnings. 

The 4400

This fantastical mystery series investigates the sudden reappearance of 4,400 people who went missing over the previous 50 years. No one physically aged, many had no memory of what happened, and some came back with amplified mental and physical abilities. Netflix –Karen Reyes


When an eight-novel series from bestselling local romance author Julia Quinn got the Shonda Rhimes treatment, you knew it would be big. The show didn't disappoint, debuting with plenty of swagger: a sprawling cast, impeccable period sets, and none other than Dame Julie Andrews herself voicing the pseudonymous narrator. The eight hours of escapist joviality are a candy-colored present for the weary, and the mature adaptation could do for romance what Lord of the Rings did for fantasy. Netflix

Dark Angel

A futuristic, collapsed society. A corrupt government. An escaped superhuman prototype hiding in the streets of Seattle. This science fiction drama stars Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, who’s avoiding government agents and searching for other superhumans like herself. The two-season show shot in Vancouver, BC. Scarecrow Video –KR

Firefly Lane isn't Katherine Heigl's first local show. 

Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane follows the unbreakable bond between Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) from their teens to their early 40s as they navigate marriage and divorce, motherhood, and tumultuous family relationships. But the tangled timeline, which moves between the 1970s, 1980s, and early 2000s, creates a confusing narrative and makes the complex characters the only cohesive element of the show. Netflix –KR


Once Cheers ended, Dr. Frasier Crane moved back to Seattle, itching for a fresh start (in this spin-off). He moved in with his ex-cop dad and got a gig hosting a psychotherapeutic radio show. Cue obsessive chess matches, eccentric physical therapists, and a whole lot of pretentious behavior—along with a good deal of charm. Hulu

Grey’s Anatomy 

It’s sappy, it’s over-the-top. But if you can get past the web of love triangles, trauma, and excessive ferry references, it’s also lovable. The seemingly endless show began in 2005 and follows the careers of a group of medical professionals—from interns to top dogs—with no shortage of drama. If you watch through all the ebbs and flows, you may see why longtime fans have such a deep, conflicted relationship with producer Shonda Rhimes. Netflix, Hulu (one season), ABC


We’ve officially progressed from fearing the walking dead to giving them jobs. Filmed in Vancouver but set in Seattle, iZombie follows Liv Moore (Rose McIver), a medical student turned zombie who solves crimes after gaining the memories of victims by eating their brains. Netflix –KR

The Killing

Moody, grim, caffeinated, this crime show exaggerates the Seattle temperament to near parody. Two Seattle Police detectives, each with their own difficult past, set aside their individually hard-nosed methods to solve a murder case hanging over the city like, well, a fog. Hulu

Man in the High Castle

Intense and disturbing, this sci-fi thriller was, thankfully, filmed in Washington (and produced by a sorta local company). In its alternate history, the Axis powers won World War II and divided the US into three parts. Then Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) discovers film that suggests an alternate ending to the war and sparks hope for freedom from totalitarian rule. Prime Video –KR

Once Upon a Time

This show, largely set in Maine, headed to Seattle in its seventh and final season. In it, 10-year-old Henry is deemed childish for believing his mother is the offspring of Snow White and Prince Charming, only to find out that the small town’s population is entirely comprised of fairytale characters (Captain Hook, Robin Hood, Cruella De Vil) who are stuck in time with no recollection of their former lives. Disney+

Now this is escapism we can get behind. 

Rick Steves' Europe

In tone, Rick Steves belongs in a class with Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross—a paragon of public access kindness. But the Edmonds native’s career-long project also merges with the title of his 2009 book, Travel Is a Political Act. His goal is to erode U.S. ethnocentrism. If you want to flip on his long-running show and travel without getting up, he makes for an informative and indefatigably cheerful companion. Prime Video, PBS, YouTube (free)


This series delves into internet trolls, body image, and toxic relationships. Based on the memoir of former Stranger writer Lindy West, the story (here set in Portland) traces the trajectory of Annie (Aidy Bryant), who reinvents what a career in journalism can look like. Hulu 

It's set in Portland but we all know Shrill is thoroughly Seattle. 

Image: Courtesy Hulu

Station 19 

This Grey’s Anatomy spinoff captures another side of the emergency (and personal) drama. Instead of doctors, we see the firefighters of Seattle’s Station 19 (based on the actual Fire Station 20 in Queen Anne) embark on dangerous rescue missions and, obviously, a few love triangles. Hulu –KR

Twin Peaks

A cult favorite from the early 1990s, Twin Peaks is at least superficially a crime procedural about the murder of a young woman in a Cascades lumber town. Though that’s really just a framework in which creator David Lynch explores psychodrama, dark comedy, soap opera satire, art-house surrealism. If you run through the two seasons on Netflix, Showtime released the single season Twin Peaks: The Return in 2017 and picked up the story—or at least a story with some of the same characters—25 years later. It’s even weirder. Netflix, CBS, Hulu, Showtime

Weeds (Season 6)

A widowed mother in California suburbia decides to become the neighborhood pot dealer in order to maintain her family’s lifestyle, taking them on a strange, multi-season trip all over the world. In the sixth season, after some serious debauchery, the family resettles under new identities, jobs, and moral compasses in pre-pot-legalization Seattle. Netflix

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